Until 2016, fans accounted for 100 percent of voting for the starting lineups in the NBA’s annual All-Star Game. In response to lesser players receiving votes through viral campaigns and contests, the NBA made the decision to change its voting model for the 2017 season.
For the past two years, 50 percent of the All-Star vote has come from fans, 25 percent from the media and the remaining 25 percent from active NBA players. The players were given this platform in order to maintain the prestige associated with being selected to be an All-Star starter, but many of their selections have done the opposite.
Pachulia lands at number one due to being one of the main reasons there is a new voting system. His 2016 All-Star campaign left him just 14,000 votes shy of landing in the Western Conference starting lineup, thanks to his native Republic of Georgia, Mavericks fans and some help from Wyclef Jean.
Following last season’s voting, Warriors coach Steve Kerr felt players didn’t take the voting process seriously; this year’s results suggest many have failed to do so once again. There is a chance, however, this is something many players do not want to be bothered by. If that’s the case, there may be another change in the voting system on the horizon.
The 67th annual NBA All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET.
By then, it seemed clear to most watching the game: Despite the latest in James’ infinite list of accomplishments, this wasn’t the night the Cavs were to bust out of their funk.
A James dunk did cut San Antonio’s lead to three, 82-79, with 1:15 left in the third quarter, but that’s as close as Cleveland was going to get. From there, the Spurs outscored the Cavs 32-23 en route to a 114-102 victory.
LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with 30 points, and James finished with 28 for Cleveland.
While the Cavs have been mired in the muck, it hasn’t been hunky-dory in San Antonio, either. There’s been reports of friction between the franchise and injured star Kawhi Leonard, and the Spurs have been losing plenty of games themselves of late. The win over Cleveland snapped a two-game skid, and they are a middling 6-6 since the New Year. San Antonio visits the Grizzlies on Wednesday night.